April 2, 2018 – (DALLAS) University of North Texas at Dallas President Bob Mong today announced that Angela Felecia Epps, former dean of Florida A&M University College of Law, will serve as Dean for the UNT Dallas College of Law. Epps, who was offered the position following a national search, will start with UNT Dallas this summer. She will replace Judge Royal Furgeson, the College’s founding dean, who will remain with UNT Dallas in a development role to assist with institutional advancement.

“Felecia Epps is a skilled and seasoned veteran – in military experience, in the courtroom, and in the classroom,” said UNT Dallas Provost Betty Stewart. “Her commitment to academic innovation and community-connectedness resonates with our university mission of empowering students, transforming lives and strengthening the community.”

UNTD President Bob Mong echoed Stewart’s enthusiasm for Epps, while also thanking Furgeson for his hard work and commitment.

“Dean Epps embodies our students – from the Marines to her legal career to her academic work, she has shown how hard work and achievement go hand-in hand,” Mong said. “We are excited to build on the sturdy foundation that Dean Furgeson has built in downtown Dallas, and I am deeply grateful to Royal for his commitment to the UNT Dallas College of Law — especially his leadership and passion for our students that has shaped this young law school profoundly.”

Epps is set to take the reins of the College of Law following a momentous year culminating in provisional accreditation and the hooding of its first graduating class. Going forward, she will lead the College of Law’s strategic growth initiatives and its move into a new home – the historic former Dallas City Hall located at 106 S. Harwood in 2019. Epps, who served in the United States Marine Corps, brings more than 30 years of experience in the law profession to UNT Dallas, including six years with the Georgia Legal Services Program providing free legal services to low income individuals, and nearly 20 years in higher education as a professor and associate dean at University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law, visiting professor at New England School of Law and University of Florida Levin College of Law, and professor and dean at Florida A&M University College of Law.

“Thank you to the committee, President Mong and Provost Stewart for their confidence in my abilities to lead a law school of such distinction and purpose,” Epps said. “I look forward to being a part of a diverse, student-centered university with exceptional faculty committed to academic excellence, experiential learning, and service to the community.”

Epps has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Cornell College, and a juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law.